>>SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Toshiba Corp. is hoping to lure consumers to its new tablet computer by including a screen that is slightly larger than the iPad and offering a version of Google Inc.'s Android mobile operating software geared toward such devices.
Tentatively called the Toshiba Tablet, the device will include a touch screen that measures 10.1 inches diagonally -- compared with 9.7 inches on Apple Inc.'s iPad. Toshiba's device will also have the forthcoming version of Android, called Honeycomb.
Over the past few years, Toshiba has been a player in the market for netbooks -- small, low-cost, portable laptops with less computing power than standard laptops -- and Osako doesn't believe the Toshiba Tablet signals the demise of that category.
He said tablets are a quick, easy way to access entertainment content. But tablets have on-screen keyboards, and the regular keyboard on a netbook makes it better suited for more text-intensive things such as writing lots of e-mails and instant messages, he said.
"I think this is going to grow the market for mobile devices rather than taking away from it," he said.